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The Two Popes
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The Two Popes (2019)

Drama
125 min.
Release Date
November 27, 2019 (Limited)
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Running Time
125 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images

From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of “City of God,” and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to... Full synopsis »

MOVIE REVIEW

The Two Popes is most powerful when it’s just Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins—as Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict—alone, debating morality and theology. The movie, from director Fernando Meirelles, doesn’t have nearly enough of that, but it’s still an oft compelling clash of beliefs and an examination of the rare—once in a millennia—handoffs of the papacy. Full movie review »
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